What about web 2.0?

What is web 2.0?

Well, you are right in the middle of it. Web 2.0 (as opposed to web 1.0) is a collection of tools, websites and resources that allow to share, comment and link pictures, videos, blogs and websites together. Web 2.0 is a not a revolution, it is a frame of mind that (to my sense) completes the vision of the World Wide Web that Tim Berners-Lee had almost 20 years ago.

In a world dominated by the abundance of information, it’s sometimes difficult to keep track of selected sources, websites, networks and information we use daily. This list is certainly not exhaustive nor perfect but serves as a means to represent my daily online life and the way I search/select information. In the future, I look forward to update this list frequently and give out hints on how to use them.

Web 2.0 Poster by Eboy

Start page

A start page resembles more and more to an online desktop. You can regroup your favourite sites, track your latest feeds or link your popular accounts like email or social networks.

RSS

There are many offline readers that allow to agregate your rss feeds. I personally prefer to use them online.

Image Search

Searching for images to illustrate a report, a website or a blog can be daunting especially when it comes to complying with digital rights of use. Apart from the obvious Google search, I tried to include links to artists and works that are (most of time) under a (Creative Commons License)

Search engines

Of course, Google is an entity on it’s own, I do not think there is any reason to mention it here again. In fact, here a few different search engine that you may try (some of them are still in beta version) to rise above or beyond the Californian giant.

People Search

Here is the crux of online identity, where do we leave our traces when we register on a website? How do we claim our digital identity? And how about finding long-lost friends or colleagues, or even a new job?

Twitter and Real-Time Web

In a recent post, I used these tools to monitor the online reputation of two companies for a university assignement. I believe the real-time web, the “buzz”, is an excellent way to “monitor” news, trends and opinions about a particular subject, product or event. Of course, there is a lot of gibberish but I believe this is the way we are headed with real-time search as opposed to static search engines.

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